First World War Centenary: ITV Anglia schools project

As the country gets ready to mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War in the summer of 1914, ITV News Anglia asked the region’s schools and school children to share community stories.

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First World War Centenary: A School Report from the Open Academy in Norwich

This tale was sent in by 14-year-old Ethan Harvey, a First World War enthusiast from The Open Academy in Norwich.

He told ITV News Anglia he wanted to tell us about a soldier who was involved in one of the most famous stories from the Great War.

And, when it comes to re-creating it, Ethan has been meticulous - right down to building his own trench.

This is the story of one soldier's life in the trenches.

First World War Centenary: A School Report from Ashton Middle School in Dunstable

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

The last in our series has been made by year eight pupils at Ashton Middle School in Dunstable.

Pupils there have been looking at the stories of their school's former pupils who fought in the Great War, the sacrifices made, and what Armistice Day means to them.

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First World War Centenary School Report: Kingsley Primary School

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Our latest tale was sent in by 10-year-old Eloise Griffiths from Kingsley Primary School in Northampton.

Like so many people trying to find out about war veterans in their family, Eloise knew very little about her great-great-grandfather, who worked as a clicker, cutting out leather at one of the town's famous shoe factories.

So we sent her out with a camera and armed with just a name, an address, a job title and a few photos.

With the help of a few other people, she has been able to trace the story of John Wright - soldier and clicker.

Click below to watch John Wright's story

First World War Centenary: The story of John Cunningham

Here is the latest of our 'First World War Centenary- 'School Reports' - the stories sent to us by children from across the region who wanted to tell you about something they had discovered.

This one was brought to our attention by Rosie Grant, a 15 year old student at 'County Upper School' in Bury St Edmunds and a famous song from the time. This is the story of 'John Cunningham'.

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Southfields Primary School in Peterborough

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

Southfields Primary School in Peterborough wanted to tell us about Jimmy the Donkey, who was brought back from wartime France to live in their town.

They hold a special ceremony to remember Sergeant Jimmy each year and want the animals who played their part in the war to get special recognition.

Click below to watch the full report:

First World War Centenary: A Great War story from Mersea Island School in Essex

Earlier this year, ITV News Anglia launched its First World War Centenary School Report and asked children from across the region to tell us a Great War story from their area.

In our latest school report, pupils from Mersea Island School in Essex tell us about pilot Edgar and his best friend Mick who liked to travel everywhere together.

The tale has now been made into a book which is being used to help school children learn about the first world war.

Click below to watch the full report:

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School Report: 'Henry Allingham'

At ITV Anglia we've also been marking the centenary of the First World War with our weekly School Reports, joining up with school children across the region. This week's story is about a well known soldier who fought in the Great War... but told in a slightly different way.

This is the 'School Report' sent to us by the Year 8's at 'Hellesdon High School' in Norfolk and it's about 'Henry Allingham'.

School Report: 'The Thankful Villages'

Here's our next look back at a local story from the First World War selected and told by schoolchildren from across the region.

We all know about the huge losses incurred in the First World War. But what you might not have heard about are those rare places in the country that did not lose a single life during the conflict.

They are known as the Thankful Villages and the Anglia region has six of them:

  • Culpho and South Elmham St Michael in Suffolk.
  • Strethall in Essex.
  • Puttenham in Hertfordshire.
  • East Carlton and Woodend in Northamptonshire.

This School Report was sent to us by Year 8 at Sir John Leman High School in Beccles in Suffolk and it tells the story of the Thankful Villages.

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